In a world full of extreme diversity of experiences, we all find common ground in the experience of death. You will die! At some point in your life, if the Lord Jesus Christ does not return before that moment, your heart will stop and your lungs will cease expanding with breaths. Right now death is on the hearts and minds of so many people with the pandemic virus as an updated death count is given throughout the day on the news. Death also doesn’t discriminate race or economic status. It will visit every home from the trailer house to the gated mansions. And death doesn’t wait for you to get it all together! You could be snatched away in a moment—even in this very hour. And because we understand this is the nature of death, it’s all that much more important to prepare yourself for your death. Look at this word on death:
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” Hebrews 9:27-28
“For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.” Ecclesiastes 9:5
So how do you prepare for this unexpected final event in your life? Have you prepared? Have you given your death much thought? Solomon tells us in a general sense (since you know you are going to die, Ecc.9:5) we prepare for death by learning how to live right now.
“Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that [is] your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do [it] with your might; for [there is] no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” Ecclesiastes 9:9-10
“So teach [us] to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalms 90:12
When you learn how to live you will be prepared to die. In short, Solomon tells us that life is only worthy living when God is factored into the equation of your life. We learn how to live by learning who to live for. You do live for someone. You can live for yourself or you can live to please everyone around you, or you can live your life for God. The only way to live your life for God is you must have God, and the only way to have God in your life is to have God’s Son.
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:11-13
Death will come visit you one day and when it does, just let Jesus get the door.